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Airbag for Apco Hike paraglider harness

Airbag for Apco Hike paraglider harness

Apco now make an airbag for their lightweight reversible Hike harness. They say the light, durable and aerodynamic airbag has a large and effective volume, and it will only add 220g to the weight of your harness. www.apcoaviation.com





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Neo Reserve Container and Spreaders

Neo Reserve Container and Spreaders

French lightweight specialists Neo have released a new rescue container called The Container. It comes in three sizes (M, L and Tube) and with either 80cm risers (2 single attachment points on the main karabiner) or 125cm risers (2 attachment points on the shoulders straps) and suits a range of lightweight reserve parachutes. EN1651 certification […]





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Hike-and-fly harness from 777

Hike-and-fly harness from 777

Triple Seven Gliders have unveiled their first lightweight hike and fly harness. You can buy it as a straightforward harness, or reversible with a rucksack. www.777gliders.com





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Gradient Stratos softshell jacket and bamboo T-shirt

Gradient Stratos softshell jacket and bamboo T-shirt

Gradient’s Stratos is a technical softshell jacket with a knitted lining. It’s a close-fitting cut, but with a lot of stretch to assure freedom of movement. Made by the prestigious producer of Toray – Japan. Highly resistant soft-shell of high quality, fitted design and outstanding elasticity guarantees top comfort and freedom of movement. It’s an […]





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Skyman String and Coconea Lite harnesses

Skyman String and Coconea Lite harnesses

Lightweight specialists Skyman have released two new lightweight harnesses. First up, the super-skinny String weighs less than 300g, including AustriAlpin Stratus karabiners and is the ultimate in brevity for mountain descents or hike-and-fly. You can get an airbag and front-mount Ultra-Cross lightweight reserve (925g for loads up to 100kg) for it, as optional extras. There’s also […]





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Dudek’s Funky, Jazz and Techno paraglider harnesses

Dudek’s Funky, Jazz and Techno paraglider harnesses

Dudek have a new range of harnesses, which use a reduced elastic seat plate design, so somewhere between a seat plate and a hammock style which Dudek say is the best compromise between comfort and weight. They have 15cm foam protectors and are offered in four sizes. The Funky is a traditional, non-pod style with […]





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Wills Wing Alpha – training hang glider

Wills Wing have unleashed the Alpha, a slow-flying hang glider designed for schools and “pilots who value light weight, convenience and easy take-off and landing above other performance attributes“. It looks and flies like a lower aspect ratio Falcon, and has “exceptionally good soaring performance – better in light lift than a Falcon”. Available in […]





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Skywalk release Range Air lightweight pod harness

Skywalk release Range Air lightweight pod harness

Skywalk have announced that they have certified three sizes of the Range Air, the lightweight pod harness that was developed from Paul Guschlbauer’s X-Alps harness. It takes max loads of 110kg and weighs 1.9kg (S) with a small pack size. Skywalk say it is one of the lightest fully-enclosed reclining harnesses on the market. The […]





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AirDesign Airpack Light inner bag for hike-and-fly

AirDesign Airpack Light inner bag for hike-and-fly

The AirPack Light from AirDesign is a lightweight inner bag for hike-and-fly. It’s a classic style (as opposed to a concertina-packing bag) with a zipper and two compression straps, to help you squeeze your little wing into a hiking-friendly rucksack. Available in two sizes: the S (210g) is very small, for miniwings, and M (260g) […]





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Safety Notice: Woody Valley chest buckles

Safety Notice: Woody Valley chest buckles

Woody Valley have issued a safety notice about their lightweight automatic harness chest buckles. Some of them have been found to be faulty: the side buttons ‘stick’ when squeezed, and don’t pop out to their original position. Check your harness if it is fited with these buckles. If they stick, contact Woody Valley who will […]





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Pal Takats Master Acro film – expected Spring 2015

Pal Takats Master Acro film – expected Spring 2015

Pál Takáts has announced he is working on an aerobatics paragliding instructional film in association with justACRO.com. The film is expected to be released in Spring 2015. Stay tuned at: http://justACRO.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite hang gliding and paragliding magazine home





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Gradient’s new Freestyle 3 – dynamic acro wing

Gradient’s new Freestyle 3 – dynamic acro wing

Gradient have announced their dynamic new Freestyle 3 acro wing is in production. They say it’s very dynamic but with a stable profile, easy stall characteristics and sensitive handling in deep stall. It’s reinforced at high stress points and rated to 12G with maximum weights of 110kg, 120kg and 130kg for the three sizes. Standard […]





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Moyes’s durable Technora cloth for hang glider sails

Moyes’s durable Technora cloth for hang glider sails

Hang glider manufacturer Moyes have developed their own Technora® based cloth in conjunction with Dimension Polyant Australia. It incorporates two UV film layers and an additional ‘warp’ weave for added stability (so it stretches less). Technically speaking the cloth is a transparent mylar with black Technora® fibres which are much stronger than conventional polyester fibres. […]





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Video: Icaro’s Nikita 4 acro wing

Video: Icaro’s Nikita 4 acro wing

Xandi Meschuh says the Nikita 4 is the best acro wing he’s had in 14 years … Here he is, loving the proto he tested back in March. It’s now in production in the middle (18m2) of five sizes. Icaro describe it as a “moderately agile” acro wing in its standard configuration with the ‘smoothie’ trim. […]





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Sol release the Lotus One – EN C

Sol release the Lotus One – EN C

Sol have released a a high-end EN C glider for experienced  and competition pilots. Think old-school DHV2-3 class, say Sol. Its precise and dynamic handling needs an experienced touch to get the most out of it, and Sol say it is honed for efficient thermalling. The Lotus One is available in four colours and four […]





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Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger led a trio of Moyes Boys to win the Brazilian Nationals in Brasilia last week. Tom won four of six tasks to win the comp with 4,597 points. He was just ahead of Jonny Durand on 4,477, who won the other two tasks. Third place was Rafael Strohschoen Do Mello. All three pilots […]





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British Paragliding Cup 2014: Comp report

British Paragliding Cup 2014: Comp report

The British Paragliding Cup is a series of fun competitions designed to help pilots discover the joys of competing. Organiser Laurie Gavaghan reports on the 2014 British Paragliding Cup When I took over the running of the BP Cup in 2012 it was my intention to hold the first round the following year on the […]





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Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

England’s long hot summer of XC extravaganza continued at the weekend – as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha swept through, the small site of Milk Hill in the south of the country again saw record-breaking action. Riled by the record-breaking paragliding feats of Mark Watts and Al Wilson the weekend before, when both pilots broke […]





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Podcast: Mark Watts on flying 275km for the UK PG record

Podcast: Mark Watts on flying 275km for the UK PG record

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On 3 August 2014 Mark Watts broke the UK paragliding and hang gliding distance records, flying 275.5 km from Milk Hill, to Cromer, Norfolk. This podcast interview (click Play above) by Hugh Miller, one of Mark’s flying friends, was done in the back of a car after both pilots flew a slightly less epic 17km […]





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Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design have released their later high-end EN B glider, the Rise 2. Sizes XS, S, M and L have all now been certified. Air Design say the Rise 2… …is the ideal glider for pilots who have already gained some experience and are looking for a glider with more performance and agility. It is […]





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